Q: If a spouse leaves the country after desertion of family leaving real estate how long do I have to wait to sell
A: if the property is in joint names you're going to need a court order to sell it.
A: Your question lacks details necessary to answer your question. How title to the property is held is an important factor that addresses whether or not you can sell the property alone or if you need the other titleholder involved. Depending on how title is held, you may need to involve the Court if you cannot get the other party's consent. Consult with a lawyer as soon as possible.
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